5 Ways to Stay Healthy Over 40
Today’s 40-somethings feel and look younger than previous generations. Yet, the biology of 40 still brings with it an increased risk of adverse health issues, from joint pain to heart disease. But you can maintain and even improve your health with an intentional strategy focusing on a few essential behaviors.
1. Get Quality Sleep—Sleep helps us recover from stress, boosts our immune system and improves brain function. Conversely, sleep deprivation increases stress levels and lowers immunity. Studies show that adults who get less than six hours of sleep per night are more likely to be overweight or obese, which can adversely impact health. Simply, better sleep means a better quality of life.
2. Exercise Regularly—Research shows regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Studies also show a connection between regular exercise and reduced rates of depression and anxiety. Cardiovascular exercise and strength training are essential to good health after 40.
3. Eat Well—Eating well will help prevent obesity. Research shows that being overweight or obese raises your risk of developing certain cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and other conditions. A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products. Avoid foods high in saturated fat, trans fats and added sugars.
4. Drink Lots of Water—Good hydration helps maintain energy levels and brain function. Drinking water also aids in digestion and works to prevent kidney stones. Other benefits of increased water consumption include healthier skin, boosted immunity and better blood flow. Water gives people over 40 superpowers to stay healthy.
5. Schedule Routine Health Visits—Schedule annual checkups and routine screenings for common illnesses, like prostate or breast cancer, skin disease, colon cancer and other tests recommended by your healthcare provider. Remember to schedule annual eye exams and twice-yearly dental cleanings. Preventative healthcare helps catch problems early, which leads to better outcomes.
Dr. Jonathan Goss is the Founder and President of Emergent Testing, EmergentNOW, and LUX Diagnostics. He is a native of Houston, Texas, a graduate of Morehouse College, Emory School of Medicine, a former resident student at Ohio State University School of Emergency Medicine, and a doctor turned entrepreneur. Dr. Goss believes in compassionate and accessible medicine, which led him to build an innovative healthcare solution. Dr. Goss’s passion for helping others is visible in every aspect of care offered by Emergent Testing and EmergentNOW.